There are multiple resources available to locate the Cancer Center nearest you. It is important to note that the designation of “Cancer Center” is made by the National Cancer Institute. Here’s the link to the NCI list of designated Cancer Centers and Comprehensive Cancer Centers: http://cancercenters.cancer.gov/cancer_centers/cancer-centers-names.html
According to the NCI website, “The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that compose the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI, established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. The National Cancer Act of 1971 broadened the scope and responsibilities of the NCI and created the National Cancer Program. Over the years, legislative amendments have maintained the NCI authorities and responsibilities and added new information dissemination mandates as well as a requirement to assess the incorporation of state-of-the-art cancer treatments into clinical practice”.
“National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Centers are recognized for their scientific excellence. They are a major source of discovery and development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. They also deliver medical advances to patients and their families, educate health care professionals and the public, and reach out to underserved populations. An NCI-designated Cancer Center may be a freestanding organization, a center within an academic institution, or part of a consortium of institutions. NCI-designated Cancer Centers may be found by searching this database”.
“NCI designation is voluntary and is awarded via a grant using a peer-review process. All NCI-designated Cancer Centers receive substantial financial support from NCI grants and are re-evaluated each time their support grant comes up for renewal (generally every 3 to 5 years). NCI recognizes two types of centers—Cancer Centers and Comprehensive Cancer Centers—based on the type of grant received. There is no difference in the quality of patient care provided by Cancer Centers and Comprehensive Cancer Centers. There are a total of 65 NCI-designated Cancer Centers; 58 of the centers provide care to patients. Seven Cancer Centers conduct only laboratory research and do not provide patient care”.